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At Advanced Automotive, conveniently located near Reston, VA in Chantilly, we are dedicated to providing top-notch automotive services, including comprehensive safety and emissions inspections. Although our auto shop is situated in Chantilly, we proudly extend our expert services to the residents of Reston and the surrounding areas. Ensuring your vehicle meets all safety and emissions standards is essential for maintaining optimal performance and compliance with Virginia state regulations. Trust Advanced Automotive to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently on the roads.

Virginia State Regulations for Safety & Emissions Inspections

In Virginia, vehicle safety and emissions inspections are mandatory to ensure that all vehicles on the road meet the state’s safety and environmental standards.

Safety Inspections

Every vehicle registered in Virginia must undergo an annual safety inspection. This inspection covers various aspects of the vehicle, including brakes, lights, signals, tires, steering, suspension, and other critical components. A comprehensive checklist is used to ensure that every part of your vehicle meets the stringent safety requirements set by the state.

Emissions Testing

Emissions testing is required every two years for vehicles registered in certain regions of Virginia, including Reston. These tests measure the levels of pollutants emitted by your vehicle to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act standards. Vehicles must pass the emissions test to be legally operated on public roads. Failure to comply can result in fines and the inability to renew your vehicle’s registration.

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Break Repair

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The main auto safety feature of your vehicle is your braking system. This system is highly complex and involves the precise movements of parts that convert kinetic energy into thermal energy to stop your car when you press the brakes.


Fleet Services in Chantilly, VA

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At Advanced Automotive Inc., we offer comprehensive fleet services to businesses in Northern Virginia. We provide a variety of options designed to make your life easier. Fleet services include consulting, shipping, inspection, and repair of company vehicles.


Oil Change

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When you come to Advanced Automotive for an oil change in Warrenton, VA, you can enjoy our comfortable waiting area while our certified technicians work on your vehicle or drop it off and get notified when it’s ready to be picked up.



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Poorly maintained tires can lead to uneven wear, flat tires, or even a blowout. Advanced Automotive offers comprehensive tire repair, replacement, and alignment services. Ensure you stay in control with tires that grip the road surface as they should.

The Inspection Process

Safety Inspection Process

Our comprehensive safety inspection ensures that your vehicle meets all the required safety standards set by Virginia state regulations. Here’s what you can expect during a safety inspection at Advanced Automotive:

  1. Brakes: We check the brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid levels to ensure effective stopping power.
  2. Lights and Signals: All exterior lights, including headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights, are tested for proper operation.
  3. Tires: We inspect tire tread depth and look for any signs of wear or damage, ensuring they are safe for all driving conditions.
  4. Steering and Suspension: Our technicians check the steering system for any play or issues, and inspect the suspension components for wear and damage.
  5. Windshield and Wipers: We examine the windshield for cracks and test the wipers to ensure they provide clear visibility in adverse weather.
  6. Exhaust System: The exhaust system is inspected for leaks, damage, and proper operation.
  7. Seat Belts: We verify that all seat belts are in good condition and function correctly.

Each component is meticulously inspected to ensure your vehicle meets all safety standards, providing you with peace of mind on the road.

Emissions Inspection Process

The emissions inspection process at Advanced Automotive ensures your vehicle complies with Virginia’s environmental regulations. Here’s an overview of what to expect:

  1. Onboard Diagnostics (OBD) System: We connect a diagnostic device to your vehicle’s OBD system to check for any error codes that may indicate issues with the emissions control system.
  2. Exhaust Emissions Test: Using advanced equipment, we measure the levels of pollutants emitted from your vehicle’s exhaust, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides.
  3. Visual Inspection: Our technicians conduct a visual inspection of the emissions control components, looking for any signs of leaks, damage, or tampering.
  4. Evaporative Emissions Control System: We check the system that captures and recycles fuel vapors to ensure it is functioning properly.

Why Choose Advanced Automotive

Choosing the right emissions inspection station for your vehicle’s safety and emissions inspections is crucial. Here’s why Advanced Automotive stands out:

Expertise and Experience

With years of experience in the automotive industry, our certified technicians possess the knowledge and skills to handle all aspects of safety and emissions inspections. Our team stays updated with the latest industry standards and state regulations, ensuring your vehicle receives the most accurate and thorough inspection possible.

Customer-Centric Approach

At Advanced Automotive, we prioritize our customers’ needs and convenience. We understand that your time is valuable, which is why we offer walk-in services for safety and emissions inspections, eliminating the need for appointments. Our friendly and professional staff are always ready to assist you, providing clear explanations and answering any questions you may have about the inspection process.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

We utilize the latest diagnostic and inspection equipment to ensure precise and reliable results. Our advanced tools and technology enable us to detect even the smallest issues, ensuring your vehicle meets all safety and emissions standards.

High-Quality Service

We are committed to delivering top-notch service and maintaining the highest standards of quality in everything we do. Our meticulous inspection processes and attention to detail ensure that your vehicle is thoroughly examined and any potential issues are identified and addressed promptly.

Convenient Location

Our Chantilly location is conveniently accessible for residents of Reston and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re coming from home or work, our shop is easy to find, making it simple for you to get the inspections you need without any hassle.

Testimonials from Satisfied Customers

Don’t just take our word for it—hear from our satisfied customers. We have built a strong reputation for providing reliable, efficient, and courteous service. Our customers appreciate our transparency, professionalism, and dedication to ensuring their vehicles are safe and compliant.

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Leslie S

The employees were very communicative and even helped us out by moving us to the beginning of the line for the following day since we needed work done in order to prep for a long road trip. They worked with us to get things done quickly. Thanks a bunch!

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Sulabh Shrestha

Went to this place for a pre-purchase inspection (from a nearby dealership) and they were great! They gave detailed explanation of things and patiently answered our queries even when we asked about the specifics of the inspection multiple times.rnrnAll in all, highly recommend this place for similar if not all vehicle related works.

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Matthew Bonnes

Donnie and the techs at his shop are some of the best mechanics in the northern Virginia area. they make you feel like family. I’ve been taking my vehicles to them for years and they have always been able to get the job done right

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Amelie Powell

I’ve been coming here for over 20 years and I wouldn’t trust my car anywhere else! They are very friendly, reliable and truthful. My parents introduced me to this automotive shop and now my husband and teenager bring their cars here. Donnie and his mother run a great place here and I would recommend this place to anybody !

Our Efficient Testing Process

At Advanced Automotive, we’ve made it easy and convenient for you to get your vehicle’s safety and emissions inspections done with our streamlined process:

Walk-In Service – No Appointment Needed

  1. Visit Us at Your Convenience: No need to schedule an appointment! Simply drop by our Chantilly or Warrenton inspection station during our operating hours.
  2. Quick Check-In: When you arrive, our friendly staff will quickly check you in, taking down your vehicle’s details and explaining the inspection process. We strive to make this process as efficient as possible so you can get back on the road promptly.
  3. Inspection Duration: Our experienced technicians will perform both safety and emissions inspections thoroughly and efficiently. The entire process typically takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on the vehicle’s condition and any additional services required.
  4. Comfortable Waiting Area: While you wait, relax in our comfortable waiting area. We offer free Wi-Fi, refreshments, and reading materials to make your short wait more enjoyable.
  5. Receive Your Inspection Report: Once the inspection is complete, our technicians will provide you with a detailed report of their findings. If your vehicle passes, you’ll receive the necessary certification. If any issues are found, our team will explain them clearly and provide recommendations for repairs or maintenance.
  6. Drive Away with Confidence: With your vehicle inspected and certified, you can drive away with peace of mind, knowing that your car meets all safety and emissions standards.

Get Your Safety & Emissions Inspection Today!

At Advanced Automotive, we are committed to providing exceptional safety and emissions inspections alongside our top-notch auto repair and maintenance services to keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely. Our experienced technicians, state-of-the-art equipment, and customer-centric approach ensure you receive the highest quality auto repair and inspection service at all our locations every time you visit.

Don’t wait—ensure your vehicle is compliant with Virginia’s safety and emissions standards today. Visit us at our convenient Chantilly or Warrenton locations, or give us a call to learn more about our car inspection services.

Contact Us Today for Your VA State Inspection

Chantilly Location: (703) 961-0500

Visit us at our Chantilly auto repair shop for your emissions and safety inspection.

Warrenton Location: (540) 341-8800

Visit us at our Warrenton auto repair shop for your safety inspection (we don’t perform emission testing at this location).

Drive with confidence, knowing your vehicle has been inspected by the auto repair experts at Advanced Automotive. We look forward to serving you with our quality auto repair services!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here at Advanced Automotive, we know you may have questions about our auto repairs, vehicle service, pricing, and policies. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from our customers regarding our auto service, along with detailed answers to help you understand more about what we offer.

We service a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and fleets from both domestic and foreign manufacturers. Our technicians are trained to handle various makes and models, ensuring your vehicle receives expert care regardless of its type.
The frequency of oil changes can vary depending on your vehicle’s make, model, and driving conditions. Generally, we recommend changing your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or as specified in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Our professional technicians can provide personalized recommendations based on your driving habits and vehicle type.
Yes, we offer warranties on both our services and the parts we use. This ensures you receive high-quality repairs and gives you peace of mind knowing your vehicle is protected. Please ask our staff for specific warranty details related to your service.
Absolutely. We provide detailed estimates before starting any work on your vehicle. Our technicians will explain the necessary repairs, the cost of parts and labor, and any other relevant information so you can make an informed decision.
You can schedule an appointment online using our convenient scheduling tool, by calling us during business hours, or by visiting our shop in person. We offer flexible appointment times to accommodate your busy schedule.
With over 35 years of experience, state-of-the-art equipment, and a team of certified technicians, Advanced Automotive is committed to providing exceptional service and high-quality repairs. As a local shop, we take pride in serving the Manassas, VA community and building long-lasting relationships with our customers through honesty, transparency, and outstanding customer service.
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